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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2791362
(54) English Title: APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING SIGNAL IN DISTRIBUTED ANTENNA SYSTEM
(54) French Title: APPAREIL D'EMISSION ET DE RECEPTION DE SIGNAL DANS UN SYSTEME D'ANTENNES DISTRIBUEES
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • H04B 17/309 (2015.01)
  • H04W 88/08 (2009.01)
  • H04B 7/0417 (2017.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • KANG, JI WON (Republic of Korea)
  • IHM, BIN CHUL (Republic of Korea)
  • CHUN, JIN YOUNG (Republic of Korea)
(73) Owners :
  • LG ELECTRONICS INC. (Not Available)
(71) Applicants :
  • LG ELECTRONICS INC. (Republic of Korea)
(74) Agent: SMART & BIGGAR LLP
(74) Associate agent:
(45) Issued: 2018-07-17
(86) PCT Filing Date: 2011-03-04
(87) Open to Public Inspection: 2011-09-09
Examination requested: 2016-02-29
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
61/310,286 United States of America 2010-03-04
10-2010-0047328 Republic of Korea 2010-05-20

English Abstract


The present invention relates to a method for receiving, by a user equipment,
a reference
signal. The user equipment receives first configuration information of a first
channel state
information reference signal (CSI-RS); receives the first CSI-RS based on the
first
configuration information. The user equipment transmits channel state
information based on
the first CSI-RS among CSI-RSs of a cell. The CSI-RSs of the cell correspond
to multiple
antenna groups, each of which includes one or more antennas. The first CSI-RS
is
corresponding to an antenna group among the multiple antenna groups. The first
configuration
information is dedicated to the user equipment.


French Abstract

La présente invention porte sur un procédé de réception d'un signal par un terminal dans un système d'antennes distribuées (DAS) comprenant les étapes consistant à : recevoir des informations de composition d'un midambule local correspondant à un terminal ou un groupe de terminaux comprenant le terminal en provenance d'une station de base qui appartient au DAS ; et recevoir le midambule local en provenance de la station de base, le midambule local pouvant être un midambule correspondant à une ou plusieurs antennes d'émission effectives associées au terminal ou au groupe de terminaux d'une pluralité d'antennes de la station de base.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.

CLAIMS:
1. A method for receiving, by a user equipment, a reference signal, the
method
comprising:
receiving first configuration information of a first channel state information
reference
signal (CSI-RS):
receiving the first CSI-RS based on the first configuration information; and
transmitting channel state information based on the first CSI-RS among CSI-RSs
of a
cell,
wherein the CSI-RSs of the cell correspond to multiple antenna groups, each of
which
includes one or more antennas,
wherein the first CSI-RS is associated with an antenna group among the
multiple
antenna groups, and
wherein the first configuration information is dedicated to the user
equipment.
2. The method according to claim 1,
wherein the first configuration information includes a number of antennas
associated
with the first CSI-RS.
3. The method according to claim 1,
wherein the first CSI-RS is other than a cell specific reference signal (CRS),
and
wherein a maximum number of antennas supported by the CRS is less than that of
the
first CSI-RS.
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4. The method according to any one of claims 1 to 3, further comprising:
receiving second configuration information of the CSI-RSs corresponding to the

multiple antenna groups.
5. The method according to claim 4, further comprising:
discovering at least one of the multiple antenna groups using the CSI-RSs from
the
multiple antenna groups based on the second configuration information; and
transmitting CSI-RS reception strength information on the at least one of the
multiple
antenna groups.
6. A method for transmitting, by a base station, a reference signal, the
method
comprising:
transmitting first configuration information of a first channel state
information
reference signal (CSI-RS) to a user equipment;
transmitting the first CSI-RS according to the first configuration
information; and
receiving channel state information corresponding to the first CSI-RS among
CSI-
RSs of a cell from the user equipment,
wherein the CSI-RSs of the cell correspond to multiple antenna groups, each of
which
includes one or more antennas,
wherein the first CSI-RS is associated with an antenna group among the
multiple
antenna groups, and
wherein the first configuration information is dedicated to the user
equipment.

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7. The method according to claim 6, wherein the first configuration
information includes
a number of antennas associated with the first CSI-RS.
8. The method according to claim 6,
wherein the first CSI-RS is other than a cell specific reference signal (CRS),
and
wherein a maximum number of antennas supported by the CRS is less than that of
the
first CSI-RS.
9. The method according to any one of claims 6 to 8, further comprising:
transmitting second configuration information of the CSI-RSs corresponding to
the
multiple antenna groups.
10. The method according to any one of claims 6 to 8,
wherein the first CSI-RS is broadcast.
11. A user equipment comprising:
a reception module,
a transmission module, and
a processor configured to control the reception module and the transmission
module,
the processor configured to:
control the reception module to receive first configuration information of a
first
channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS);
control the reception module to receive the first CSI-RS based on the first



configuration information; and
transmit channel state information based on the first CSI-RS among CSI-RSs of
a cell,
wherein the CSI-RSs of the cell correspond to multiple antenna groups, each of
which
includes one or more antennas,
wherein the first CSI-RS is associated with an antenna group among the
multiple
antenna groups, and
wherein the first configuration information is dedicated to the user
equipment.
12. The user equipment according to claim 11,
wherein the first configuration information includes a number of antennas
associated
with the first CSI-RS.
13 . The user equipment according to claim 11,
wherein the first CSI-RS is other than a cell specific reference signal (CRS),
and
wherein a maximum number of antennas supported by the CRS is less than that of
the
first CSI-RS.
14 . The user equipment according to any one of claims 11 to 13,
wherein the processor controls the receiving module to receive second
configuration
information of the CSI-RSs corresponding to the multiple antenna groups.
15. The user equipment according to claim 14,
wherein the processor discovers at least one of the multiple antenna groups
using the

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CSI-RSs from the multiple antenna groups based on the second configuration
information,
wherein the processor controls the transmitting module to transmit CSI-RS
reception
strength information on the at least one of the multiple antenna groups.
16. A base station comprising:
a reception module,
a transmission module, and
a processor configured to control the reception module and the transmission
module,
the processor configured to:
control the transmission module to transmit first configuration information of
a first
channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS) to a user equipment; and
control the transmission module to transmit the first CSI-RS according to the
first
configuration information,
control the reception module to receive channel state information
corresponding to
the first CSI-RS among CSI-RSs of a cell from the user equipment,
wherein the CSI-RSs of the cell correspond to multiple antenna groups, each of
which
includes one or more antennas,
wherein the first CSI-RS is associated with an antenna group among the
multiple
antenna groups, and
wherein the first configuration information is dedicated to the user
equipment.
17. The base station according to claim 16, wherein the first configuration
information
includes a number of antennas associated with the first CSI-RS.

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18. The base station according to claim 16,
wherein the first CSI-RS is other than a cell specific reference signal (CRS),
and
wherein a maximum number of antennas supported by the CRS is less than that of
the
first CSI-RS.
19. The base station according to any one of claims 16 to 18,
wherein the processor controls the transmitting module to transmit second
configuration information of the CSI-RSs corresponding to the multiple antenna
groups.
20. The base station according to any one of claims 16 to 18,
wherein the processor controls the transmission module to broadcast the first
CSI-RS.
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SPECIFICAITON
Title of the Invention
APPARATUS FOR TRANSMI1TING AND RECEIVING SIGNAL IN
DISTRIBUTED ANTENNA SYSTEM
Technical Field
[1] The present invention relates to a wireless communication system, and
more
particularly to, an apparatus for transmitting and receiving a signal in a
distributed antenna
system (DAS).
Background Art
[2] With the development of the information industry, the technology that
can
transmit various kinds of large data at high speed has been required. In this
respect, a DAS
that provides a plurality of distributed antennas within an existing cell has
been studied to
remove a shade zone and extend coverage.
[3] The distributed antenna system (DAS) uses a plurality of distributed
antennas connected with a single base station through a cable or a dedicated
line, wherein
the single base station manages a plurality of antennas located within a cell
at at least
predetermined interval. The DAS provided with a plurality of antennas located
within a cell
at at least predetermined interval is different from a centralized antenna
system (CAS)
provided with a plurality of antennas centralized at the center of a cell.
Generally, the CAS
uses various multi-antenna systems such as an open loop-multi input multi
output (0L-
MIMO) system, a close loop-single user-multi input multi output (CL-SU-MIMO)
system, a
close loop-multi user-multi input multi output (CL-MU-MIMO) system, and a
multi-base
station-multi input multi output (multi-BS-MIMO) system in such a manner that
multiple
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antennas are installed in one base station in a cell based structure of a
cellular
communication system such as a wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA)
system, a high speed packet access (HSPA) system, a long term evolution
(LTE)/long term
evolution-advanced (LTE-A) system, and a 802.16 system.
[41 The DAS is different from a femto cell in that each unit of the
distributed
antennas does not manage an area of a corresponding antenna, but areas of all
distributed
antennas located within a cell are managed by a base station at the center of
the cell. Also,
the DAS is different from a multi-hop relay system or ad-hoc network, of which
a base
station is connected with a relay station (RS) through a wireless mode, in
that distributed
antenna units are connected with one another through a cable or a dedicated
line. Moreover,
the DAS is different from a repeater, which simply amplifies and transmits a
signal, in that
each of distributed antennas can transmit different signals to different user
equipments
located near the antennas in accordance with a command of a base station.
[5] This DAS may be regarded as a multiple input multiple output (MIMO)
system in that distributed antennas can support a single user equipment or
multiple user
equipments by transmitting and receiving different data streams at the same
time. In view of
the MIMO system, the DAS is advantageous in that it can reduce a transmission
power as a
transmission zone of each antenna is reduced than that of the CAS due to
antennas
distributed at various locations within a cell. Also, the DAS can reduce path
loss by
reducing a transmission distance between an antenna and the user equipment,
thereby
enabling high rate transmission of data. As a result, the DAS can enhance
transmission
capacity and power efficiency of the cellular system, and can satisfy
communication
throughput of quality more relatively uniform than that of the CAS regardless
of user
location within the cell. Also, since the base station is connected with a
plurality of
distributed antennas through a cable or a dedicated line in the DAS, signal
loss is reduced,
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and correlation and interference between the antennas are reduced, whereby a
high signal to
interference to noise ratio (SINR) can be obtained.
[6] As described above, in order to reduce facility costs of the base
station and
maintenance costs of a bacichaul network in a next generation mobile
communication
system and at the same time extend service coverage and improve channel
capacity and
SINR, the DAS can be a new basis of cellular communication by being compatible
with the
existing CAS or replacing with the CAS.
Disclosure
[7] If a DAS is used in the CAS based communication standard such as a 3GPP

LTE/LTE-A and IEEE 802.16 system represented by IMT-2000 or IMT-advanced
system,
it is difficult to manage a DAS through a cell-specific reference signal
(CRS), a channel
state information reference signal (CSI-RS) and midamble, which are used in
the existing
communication stand.
181 For example, if 24 downlink transmitting antennas are distributed in
one cell
of a system that supports a DAS, a user equipment cannot identify a channel
for each of the
24 antennas through maximum available 4Tx or 8Tx CRSs, CSI-RSs and midambles
in
accordance with the current communication standard, whereby channel estimation
cannot
be performed.
191 Also, in case of a user equipment that supports the existing CAS
only, a
problem occurs in that the user equipment fails to discriminate the CAS from
the DAS.
[10] An aspect of the present disclosure is directed to the provision of a
method for
limiting the number of pilot patterns by grouping a plurality of antennas into
a predetermined
= number of antenna groups in a DAS.
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[11] Another aspect of the present disclosure is directed to the provision
of a method
for configuring a suitable midamble to allow a user equipment to efficiently
measure a channel
state in a DAS support system or a system that uses both a CAS and a DAS.
[12] According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a
method for
receiving, by a user equipment, a reference signal, the method comprising:
receiving first
configuration information of a first channel state information reference
signal (CSI-RS); receiving
the first CSI-RS based on the first configuration information; and
transmitting channel state
information based on the first CSI-RS among CSI-RSs of a cell, wherein the CSI-
RSs of the cell
correspond to multiple antenna groups, each of which includes one or more
antennas, wherein the
first CSI-RS is associated with an antenna group among the multiple antenna
groups, and wherein
the first configuration information is dedicated to the user equipment.
[12a] According to another aspect of the present invention, there is
provided a method
for transmitting, by a base station, a reference signal, the method
comprising: transmitting first
configuration information of a first channel state information reference
signal (CSI-RS) to a user
equipment; transmitting the first CSI-RS according to the first configuration
information; and
receiving channel state information corresponding to the first CSI-RS among
CSI-RSs of a cell
from the user equipment, wherein the CSI-RSs of the cell correspond to
multiple antenna groups,
each of which includes one or more antennas, wherein the first CSI-RS is
associated with an
antenna group among the multiple antenna groups, and wherein the first
configuration information
is dedicated to the user equipment.
[12b] According to another aspect of the present invention, there is
provided a user
equipment comprising: a reception module, a transmission module, and a
processor configured to
control the reception module and the transmission module, the processor
configured to: control the
reception module to receive first configuration information of a first channel
state information
reference signal (CSI-RS); control the reception module to receive the first
CSI-RS based on the
first configuration information; and transmit channel state information based
on the first CSI-RS
among CSI-RSs of a cell, wherein the CSI-RSs of the cell correspond to
multiple antenna groups,
each of which includes one or more antennas, wherein the first CSI-RS is
associated with an
antenna group among the multiple antenna groups, and wherein the first
configuration information
is dedicated to the user equipment.
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112c1 According to another aspect of the present invention, there is
provided a base
station comprising: a reception module, a transmission module, and a processor
configured to
control the reception module and the transmission module, the processor
configured to: control the
transmission module to transmit first configuration information of a first
channel state information
reference signal (CSI-RS) to a user equipment; and control the transmission
module to transmit
the first CSI-RS according to the first configuration information, control the
reception module to
receive channel state information corresponding to the first CSI-RS among CSI-
RSs of a cell from
the user equipment, wherein the CSI-RSs of the cell correspond to multiple
antenna groups, each
of which includes one or more antennas, wherein the first CSI-RS is associated
with an antenna
group among the multiple antenna groups, and wherein the first configuration
information is
dedicated to the user equipment.
[13] According to another aspect, a method for receiving, by a user
equipment, a signal
in a distributed antenna system (DAS) comprises: receiving configuration
information of a local
midamble corresponding to a user equipment or a user equipment group including
the user
equipment from a base station which belongs to the DAS; and receiving the
local midamble from
the base station, wherein the local midamble corresponds to one or more
effective transmitting
antennas associated with the user equipment or the user equipment group, among
a plurality of
antennas of the base station.
[14] The method according to some embodiments may further comprise:
performing
channel estimation by discerning the local midamble corresponding to the one
or more effective
transmitting antennas on the basis of the configuration information on the
local midamble.
[15] The method according to some embodiments may further comprise:
transmitting
feedback information based on channel estimation for the one or more effective
transmitting
antennas to the base station.
[16] The method according to some embodiments may further comprise:
receiving
configuration information of a global midamble corresponding to each of the
plurality of antennas
included in the base station from the base station; and receiving the global
midamble from the
base station.
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[17] At this time, the method according to some embodiments may further
comprise: performing channel estimation for each of the plurality of antennas
of the base
station by using the global midamble. Moreover, the method may further
comprise: generating
information on one or more effective transmitting antennas associated with the
user
equipment or the user equipment group on the basis of result of the channel
estimation; and
transmitting the information on the one or more effective transmitting
antennas to the base
station.
[18] According to another aspect, a method for receiving, by a user
equipment, a
signal through in a distributed antenna system (DAS) comprises: receiving
group mapping
information for mapping a plurality of antennas of a base station, which
belongs to the DAS,
into one or more local antenna groups of the base station from the base
station; and receiving
a midamble corresponding to each of the antennas included in the local antenna
group.
[19] In some embodiments, at this time, the respective local antenna groups
have
the same global midamble for the antennas (n-th antennas) having the same
index.
[20] According to another aspect, a method for transmitting, by a base
station, a
signal in a distributed antenna system (DAS) comprises: configuring a local
midamble
corresponding to one or more effective transmitting antennas associated per
user equipment or
per user equipment group; and transmitting the local midamble corresponding to
each user
equipment or each user equipment group.
[21] The method according to another embodiment may further comprise:
configuring and broadcasting a global midamble corresponding to each of a
plurality of
antennas of the base station.
[22] The method according to another embodiment may further
comprise: receiving
feedback information including information on the one or more effective
transmitting
antennas generated by result of channel estimation on the basis of the global
midamble from
the user equipment or the user equipment group.
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[23] The method according to another embodiment may further comprise:
selecting
the one or more effective transmitting antennas associated with the user
equipment or the user
equipment group based on the feedback information. Also, the method may
further comprise:
transmitting configuration information of the local midamble corresponding to
each user
equipment or each user equipment group.
[24] The method according to another embodiment may further comprise:
receiving
feedback information based on result of channel estimation performed for each
of the one or
more effective transmitting antennas on the basis of the local midamble from
the user
equipment or the user equipment group.
[25] According to another aspect, a method for transmitting a signal
through a base
station in a distributed antenna system (DAS) comprises: allocating a
plurality of antennas to
one or more local antenna groups; and broadcasting a global midamble
corresponding to each
of the antennas included in the local antenna groups, wherein global midambles
for the
antennas (n-th antennas) having the same index on the basis of the respective
local antenna
groups are the same as one another.
[26] The method according to another embodiment may further comprise:
transmitting group mapping information related to mapping of the plurality of
antennas into
the one or more local antenna groups.
[27] According to another aspect, a user equipment in a distributed antenna
system
(DAS) comprises a reception module for receiving a signal; and a processor
performing
channel estimation on the basis of a local midamble corresponding to the user
equipment or
the user equipment group including the user equipment, which is received from
a base station
belonging to the DAS through the reception module, wherein the local midamble
corresponds
to one or more effective transmitting antennas associated per user equipment
or per user
equipment group, among a plurality of antennas of the base station.
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[28] According to another aspect, a base station in a distributed antenna
system
(DAS) comprises a transmission module for transmitting a signal; and a
processor configuring
a local midamble corresponding to one or more effective transmitting antennas
associated per
user equipment or per user equipment group, which belongs to the DAS, wherein
the global
midamble is broadcasted in a service support region of the base station
through the
transmission module and the local midamblc is transmitted to the user
equipment or the user
equipment group, which belongs to the DAS.
[29] In the aforementioned aspects and embodiments, the antennas or antenna

groups may be used as antenna ports in the LTE/LTE-A.
[30] Various modifications to the features described above could be
understood by
the person with ordinary skill in the art to which the present invention
pertains, based on the
following detailed description of some embodiments of the present invention.
[31] According to some embodiments as described above, a pilot used in a
system
that supports a DAS is configured to be identified from a pilot used in an
existing system, so
that a DAS user equipment may perform channel estimation.
[32] Additional advantages and features of some embodiments will be set
forth in
part in the description which follows and in part will become apparent to
those having
ordinary skill in the art upon examination of the following or may be learned
from practice of
the invention. The objectives and other advantages of some embodiments of the
invention
may be realized and attained by the structure particularly pointed out in the
written description
and the appended drawings.
Brief Description of the Drawings
[33] The accompanying drawings, which are included to provide a further
understanding of the invention and are incorporated in and constitute a part
of this application,
illustrate embodiment(s) of the invention and together with the description
serve to explain the
principle of the invention. In the drawings:
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p41 FIG 1 is a diagram illustrating an example of a DAS structure to
which an
embodiment of the present invention is applied;
[35] FIG 2 is a diagram illustrating another example of a DAS structure
to which an
embodiment of the present invention is applied;
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[36] FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating an example of a procedure of signal
transmission between a base station and a user equipment in a DAS according to
one
embodiment of the present invention;
[37] FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating another example of a procedure of
signal
transmission between a base station and a user equipment in a DAS according to
one
embodiment of the present invention;
[38] FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating an example of a structure of a frame,
which
includes a pilot signal broadcasted from a base station in a DAS according to
one
embodiment of the present invention;
[39] FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating another example of a procedure of
signal
transmission between a base station and a user equipment in a DAS according to
one
embodiment of the present invention;
[40] FIG. 7 is a diagram illustrating an example of a structure of radio
resources,
which include a pilot signal broadcasted from a base station in a DAS
according to one
embodiment of the present invention; and
[41] FIG. 8 is a block diagram illustrating a base station and a user
equipment
through which the embodiments of the present invention can be carried out.
Best Mode for Carrying Out the Invention
[42] Hereinafter, the preferred embodiments of the present invention will
be
described with reference to the accompanying drawings. It is to be understood
that the
detailed description, which will be disclosed along with the accompanying
drawings, is
intended to describe the exemplary embodiments of the present invention, and
is not
intended to describe a unique embodiment with which the present invention can
be carried
out. The following detailed description includes detailed matters to provide
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understanding of the present invention. However, it will be apparent to those
skilled in the
art that the present invention can be carried out without the detailed
matters. For example,
although the following description will be made based on IEEE 802.16 system,
the IEEE
802.16 system is only exemplary and the following description may be applied
to various
wireless communication systems including a 3rd generation partnership project
(3GPP)
system.
[43] In some cases, to prevent the concept of the present invention from
being
ambiguous, structures and apparatuses of the known art will be omitted, or
will be shown in
the form of a block diagram based on main functions of each structure and
apparatus. Also,
wherever possible, the same reference numbers will be used throughout the
drawings and
the specification to refer to the same or like parts.
[44] Moreover, in the following description, it is assumed that a user
equipment
(UE) will refer to a mobile or fixed type user terminal device such as a
mobile station (MS).
Also, it is assumed that a base station will refer to a random node of a
network terminal that
performs communication with a user equipment, such as Node B (NB), eNode B
(eNB), and
processing server (PS).
[45] FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating an example of a DAS structure to
which the
present invention is applied.
[46] The base station illustrated in FIG. 1 includes a plurality of
antennas located
at the center of a cell in accordance with a CAS. For conciseness of
description, FIG. 1
illustrates DAS antennas only. In a DAS, a plurality of antennas connected
with a single
base station, which is located within a cell, through a cable are distributed
at various
locations within the cell. This DAS may be configured in various manners
depending on the
number and location of antennas. For example, a plurality of antennas may be
distributed
within the cell at constant intervals or two or more antennas may be
centralized at a specific
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place. If a coverage area of each of the distributed antennas are overlapped
with that of
another distributed antenna, signal transmission of rank 2 or more may be
performed in the
DAS regardless of the location of the distributed antennas within the cell.
Rank means the
number of data streams that can be transmitted at the same time through one or
more
antennas.
[47] Referring to FIG. 1, one base station that supports one cell zone is
connected
with a total of eight antennas through a cable, wherein the respective
antennas may be
located at constant intervals or various intervals within the cell. In the
DAS, all the antennas
connected with the base station are not needed to be used, and a proper number
of antennas
may be used based on their signal transmission range, an overlap level of
coverage and
interference with their neighboring antenna, and the distance with the user
equipment.
[48] For example, if three user equipments (UE 1 to UE 3) are located
within the
cell and UE 1 is located within a signal transmission range of the antennas 1,
2, 7 and 8 as
illustrated in FIG. 1, the UE 1 may receive a signal from one or more of the
base station
antennas 1, 2, 7 and 8. On the other hand, in view of the UE 1, it is likely
that path loss may
occur in the antennas 3, 4, 5 and 6 and power consumption may be increased
therein due to
a long distance between the corresponding antennas and the user equipment UE
1, and the
signals transmitted from the antennas 3, 4, 5 and 6 may be small values that
may be
disregarded.
[49] For another example, since the UE 2 is located in a portion where the
signal
transmission range of the antenna 6 is overlapped with that of the antenna 7,
the signals
transmitted through the other antennas except for the antennas 6 and 7 may be
small or
weak that may be disregarded. Also, since the UE 3 is located within a
neighboring distance
of the antenna 3, it may exclusively receive the signal transmitted through
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[50] As illustrated in FIG. 1, if a plurality of antennas are spaced apart
from one
another within the cell of the DAS, the DAS is operated like a MIMO system.
The base
station may perform communication with the UE 1 through an antenna group 1
configured
by one or more of the antennas 1, 2, 7 and 8, communication with the UE 2
through an
antenna group 2 configured by one or more of the antennas 6 and 7, and
communication
with the UE 3 through the antenna 3. At this time, the antennas 4 and 5 may
perform
transmission for the UE 3 and the UE 2, respectively, or may be operated in an
idle state.
[51] In other words, the DAS may include various data streams for
transmission
per user equipment during communication with a single user/multiple users.
Also, various
antennas or antenna groups may be allocated to user equipments located within
the cell
supported by the base station in the DAS. A specific antenna or antenna group,
which
performs communication with a user equipment, may be defined depending on the
location
of the corresponding user equipment located within the cell. Alternatively,
the antenna or
antenna group, which performs communication with a user equipment, may
adaptively be
changed depending on movement of the user equipment within the cell.
[52] FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating another example of a DAS structure to
which
the present invention is applied. In more detail, FIG. 2 illustrates an
example of a system
structure when a DAS is applied to a centralized antenna system that uses cell
based
multiple antennas according to the related art.
[53] Referring to FIG. 2, a plurality of centralized antennas (CAs) having
a
similar effect in path loss due to an antenna interval much shorter than a
cell radius may be
located at the center of a cell zone adjacent to the base station, wherein the
cell zone is
supported by the base station. Also, a plurality of distributed antennas (DAs)
having
different effects in path loss due to an antenna interval longer than the
antenna interval of
the CAs may be located at predetermined intervals within the cell zone.
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[54] The DAs are configured by one or more antennas connected from the base

station through one cable, and may be used to refer to antenna node for DAS or
antenna
node. In other words, the antenna node includes one or more antennas, and the
antennas
constituting each antenna node are connected with one another through a cable.
The one or
more DAs form one DA group, thereby forming a DA zone.
[55] The DA group, which includes one or more DAs, may variably be
configured depending on the location or receiving status of the user
equipment, or may
fixedly be configured by the number of maximum antennas used in MIMO.
According to
the IEEE 802.16m, the number of maximum antennas is 8Tx. The DA zone is
defined by
the range that the antennas constituting the DA group can transmit or receive
a signal. The
cell zone illustrated in FIG. 2 includes n number of DA zones. The user
equipment that
belongs to the DA zone may perform communication with one or more of the DAs
constituting the DA zone, and the base station may increase a transmission
rate by using the
DAs and the CAs at the same time during signal transmission to the user
equipment
belonging to the DA zone.
[56] A CAS that includes a DAS is illustrated in FIG. 2, whereby the base
station
and the user equipment may use the DAS in the CAS structure that uses multiple
antennas
according to the related art. Although the CAs and the DAs are located
separately in FIG. 2
for conciseness of description, they may be located in various manners
depending on their
embodiments without limitation to the example of FIG. 2.
[57] As described above, in the DAS, various number of data streams per
user
equipment during SU/MU MIMO communication may exist, a specific antenna or
antenna
group may be allocated to each user equipment, wherein the specific antenna or
antenna
group allocated to the corresponding user equipment may be changed in real-
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[58] In this specification, transmitting antennas of the DAS may be the one
or
more distributed antennas or one or more antenna groups or may be used
together with the
one or more DAs or DA groups.
[59] Also, if the LTE/LTE-A system supports the DAS, the antennas/antenna
groups or DAs/DA groups described with reference to FIG. 1 and FIG. 2 may
refer to one
or more antenna ports. Hereinafter, antenna or pilot pattern in the
embodiments of the
present invention may be replaced with antenna port.
[60] The present invention relates to a method for selecting an effective
transmitting antenna per user equipment or per user equipment group in a base
station,
which includes a plurality of antennas in view of DAS features. In more
detail, a DAS
system according to the present invention may be managed respectively by a
case where a
service is provided to a user equipment only which supports a DAS and a case
where a
service is provided to a user equipment which supports at least one of a CAS
and a DAS.
[61]
[62] 1. First Embodiment (service support for DAS support user equipment)
[63] If a DAS according to one embodiment of the present invention provides
a
service to a user equipment only which supports a DAS, the user equipment may
not need
to differentiate a CAS from the DAS.
[64] Accordingly, a DAS base station according to one embodiment of the
present invention may equally use a pilot pattern per antenna used in the
existing CAS
based communication standard. For example, - the base station may equally use
pilot
patterns such as CRS, CSI-RS and midamble in the current LTE/LTE-A and IEEE
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[65] However, since the number of antennas of the base station may be more
than
9 in view of DAS features, if a pilot pattern per antenna is configured
separately, resources
allocated to a pilot signal are increased and pilot overhead is also
increased.
[66] FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating an example of a procedure of signal
transmission between a base station and a user equipment in a DAS according to
one
embodiment of the present invention. The user equipment shown in FIG. 3 may be
a user
equipment or a user equipment group that supports a DAS.
[67] Referring to FIG. 3, the base station performs a grouping operation of
a
plurality of antennas into a predetermined number of local antenna groups
(S301). Each of
the local antenna groups may be configured to include maximum 4Tx or 8Tx
antennas to
apply the existing communication standard thereto. In other words, the base
station may
allocate a separate pilot pattern to antennas which belong to one group.
[68] The base station that has performed local antenna grouping broadcasts
information on a mapping rule of each local antenna group of antennas to the
user
equipment that has entered the cell (S302).
[69] Afterwards, the base station transmits downlink signal(s) such as
CRS(s),
CSI-RS(s) and midamble(s) to the user equipment (S303). At this time, the base
station
allocates a pilot pattern set in a unit of local antenna group, wherein the
pilot pattern set
may be configured in such a manner that each of a plurality of antennas
belonging to one
antenna group uses a separate pilot pattern. For example, a DAS base station
that includes
24 downlink transmitting antennas may be configured in such a manner that one
local
antenna group includes 8 antennas to form a total of three antenna groups and
8Tx
midamble is transmitted through each antenna group.
[70] The user equipment that has received the downlink signal from the base

station performs channel measurement per antenna in accordance with the
allocated pilot
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pattern (S304). At this step, the user equipment may generate channel quality
information
and information on base station antenna, which may be detected by the
corresponding user
equipment, on the basis of receiving strength of a signal transmitted through
each antenna.
[71] Afterwards, the user equipment transmits the generated feedback
information to the base station (S305).
[72] If a plurality of base station antennas are grouped into local antenna
groups
and a pilot pattern set is allocated in a unit of group in accordance with one
embodiment of
the present invention, since the pilot pattern set may be reused in a unit of
group, pilot
overhead may be more reduced than the case where the separate pilot pattern
per antenna is
allocated.
,.
[73] At this time, as antennas that use the same pilot pattern between the
groups
exist, multiplexing schemes such as frequency division multiplexing (FDM),
time division
multiplexing (TDM), and code division multiplexing (CDM) may be used to reduce

interference between the respective local antenna groups.
[74] For example, a frequency full band used by the base station may be
divided
into N number of frequency subbands in accordance with the number (N) of
generated local
antenna groups, wherein the first local antenna group may be allocated to use
the first
frequency subband and the second local antenna group may be allocated to use
the second
frequency subband. Accordingly, the n-th antennas of the espective local
antenna groups,
which use the same pilot pattern, may reduce interference between pilot
signals even though
the same pilot pattern is used.
[75] For another example, when the midamble is transmitted using the TDM
scheme, the midamble transmitted from the first subframe may be allocated to
the first local
antenna group, and the midamble transmitted from the second subframe may be
allocated to
the second local antenna group.
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[76] As described above, the local antenna groups according to one
embodiment
of the present invention may include the same antenna as well as different
antennas.
[77]
[78] 2. Second Embodiment (service support for legacy user equipment and
DAS support user equipment)
[79] If a DAS according to one embodiment of the present invention provides
a
service to both an existing CAS based user equipment and a user equipment
which supports
a DAS, the user equipments need to identify the CAS from the DAS.
[80] Accordingly, another embodiment of the present invention suggests a
method for differentiating pilot signals for user equipments that support the
existing CAS
from pilot signals for user equipments that support the DAS.
[81] The pilot signal includes a cell-specific reference signal (CRS), a
channel
state information-reference signal (CSI-RS), and midamble. The midamble is a
synchronization pattern inserted between data symbols to improve channel
estimation
performance, and is used to reinforce a channel estimation function when each
antenna
transmits a symbol during communication. The midamble may be inserted into
data
symbols transmitted through a downlink subframe periodically or non-
periodically.
[82] In the DAS according to one embodiment of the present invention, the
pilot
signal for the DAS support user equipments may be configured separately from
the pilot
signal for the existing CAS support user equipments. The pilot signal for the
DAS support
user equipments may be referred to as a global midamble or global CSI-RS.
Hereinafter, in
the embodiment of the present invention, the global midamble will exemplarily
be
described as the pilot signal for the DAS support user equipment.
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[83] Hereinafter, for convenience of description, the CAS based system of
the
current 3GPP LTE/LTE-A and IEEE 802.16 system will be referred to as a legacy
system,
and the CAS support user equipment will be referred to as a legacy user
equipment.
[84] FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating another example of a procedure of
signal
transmission between a base station and a user equipment in a DAS according to
one
embodiment of the present invention. The user equipment shown in FIG. 4 may be
a user
equipment or a user equipment group that supports a DAS.
[85] Referring to FIG. 4, the base station broadcasts broadcast
information,
which includes configuration information on the global midamble, to all the
user
equipments or user equipment groups, which have entered a DAS cell (S401). The

broadcast information may further include information indicating that the
corresponding
cell is a DAS cell supporting the DAS, and configuration information on the
DAS.
[86] The base station broadcasts the global midamble to all the user
equipments
or user equipment groups within the cell (S402). The global midamble is
allocated to each
DAS base station antenna, and is transmitted through different resources,
whereby the user
equipment that has received the global midamble may differentiate each antenna
and obtain
antenna index information through the transmission order of the global
midamble or the
location of the global midamble on the symbol.
[87] The user equipment or user equipment group may perform channel
estimation by using the received global midamble and generate information on
one or more
effective antennas, which may be detected by the corresponding user equipment
or user
equipment group, from among a total of antennas of the base station, on the
basis of
receiving strength (S403).
[88] The user equipment or user equipment group transmits feedback
information,
which includes the information on the effective antenna(s), to the base
station (S404). The
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information on the effective antenna(s) may include receiving strength per
antenna, and
information on antenna(s) preferred by the corresponding user equipment or
user equipment
group in accordance with a predetermined reference on the basis of receiving
strength per
antenna.
[89] The base station, which has received the feedback information, may
determine an effective antenna or antenna group, which is intended to be used
for
communication with the corresponding user equipment or user equipment group,
by
referring to the result based on measurement of an uplink signal transmitted
from the user
equipment, on the basis of the feedback information (S405).
[90] And, the base station may transmit DAS control information, which
includes
information on the determined effective antenna or antenna group, to the user
equipment or
user equipment group (S406). At this time, the information on the effective
antenna or
antenna group may include the number of antennas and/or index information. In
this case,
the number of antennas may be used as the number of physical antennas, logical
antennas or
antenna ports.
[91] Afterwards, the user equipment or user equipment group, which has
acquired the information on the effective antenna(s), may acquire channel
information of
antenna(s) effective to the corresponding user equipment or user equipment
group from the
global midamble transmitted in accordance with a predetermined period to
perform a closed
loop MIMO (CL-MIMO) operation.
[92] For example, if the DAS base station includes 24 distributed antenna,
the
global midamble supporting each antenna is configured by 24 types. In this
case, if the
effective antennas for the first user equipment are Ant 2 and Ant 3, the
channel information
on the effective antennas may be acquired using the global midamble
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[93] The global midamble according to one embodiment of the present
invention
is configured for all the antennas of the base station. The user equipment or
user equipment
group, which has received the global midamble, may perform channel estimation
for each
antenna and acquire channel information on the effective antenna(s) for each
user
equipment or equipment group.
[94] In the meantime, in the embodiment of FIG. 4, the base station may
configure the midamble and pilot signal such as CSI-RS, which may be used when
channel
information is acquired by the legacy user equipment located in the cell, per
CAS antenna,
and may broadcast the midamble and pilot signal simultaneously with the
aforementioned
,
global midamble or in accordance with a separate transmission period.
[95] FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating an example of a structure of a frame,
which
includes a pilot signal broadcasted from a base station in a DAS according to
one
embodiment of the present invention. The DAS having a total of eight
transmitting antennas
will be described exemplarily, wherein the eight transmitting antennas are
configured by
four central antennas (CA) at a central antenna node and four distributed
antennas (DA)
spaced apart from one another at predetermined intervals. In this case, the
legacy user
equipment may recognize the corresponding system as the CAS that includes four
antennas,
and the DAS user equipment may recognize the corresponding system as the DAS
that
includes a total of eight antennas.
[96] The base station may configure the existing midamble and global
midamble
for each antenna while configuring midamble to support the legacy user
equipment and the
DAS user equipment.
[97] In FIG. 5, Mx represents a midamble for the x-th antenna, which is
transmitted for the legacy user equipment, and GMx represents a global
midamble for the x-
th antenna, which is transmitted for the DAS user equipment. At locations of
Ml, M2, M3
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and M4, the midamble is transmitted from each of the four CAs, and the
midamble is
transmitted from each of the four DAs at locations of GM1, GM2, GM3 and GM4.
[98] The legacy user equipment may recognize the system as the system
having
four transmitting antennas, and may receive the pilot signal at the locations
of Ml, M2, M3
and M4. On the other hand, since the DAS user equipment may read out the pilot
signal
even at the GMx as well as the Mx, it may receive a total of eight pilot
signals.
[99] Each of the midamble M and the global midamble GM for each antenna is
transmitted in accordance with a predetermined transmission period, and the
transmission
period of the midamble may be the same as that of the global midamble or not.
[100] As described above, if the base station includes global midambles as
much
as the number of distributed antennas located in a DAS cell, overhead of the
global
midamble is increased in proportional to the increase of the distributed
antennas. To
maintain overhead of the global midamble at a predetermined level, a
transmission period of
the global midamble may be set to be relatively longer. However, in this case,
density of the
pilot signals is lowered, whereby channel estimation performance may be
deteriorated. As a
result, performance such as CL-MIMO operation may be deteriorated.
[101] In this respect, in accordance with the first embodiment of the
present
invention, a plurality of base station antennas may be configured by a local
antenna group,
which includes a predetermined number of antennas, whereby a predetermined
number of
pilot patterns may be allocated in a unit of antenna group.
[102] In other words, instead of a global midamble separate for each of the

distributed antennas, a global midamble for each of a plurality of antennas
included in each
of antenna groups may be configured. For example, if a total of 24 distributed
antennas are
provided, three local antenna groups, each of which includes 8 neighboring
distributed
antennas, are formed, whereby 8 independent global midambles are used for one
group, and
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8 global midambles are also used for another group. As a result, the global
midambles,
which uses 8 pilot patterns only, may be configured.
[103] Alternatively, another embodiment of the present invention suggests a

method for additionally configuring a midamble or CSI-RS per user equipment or
user
equipment group to minimize degradation of performance such as CL-MIMO
operation.
[104] The DAS according to one embodiment of the present invention may
configure a midamble or CSI-RS through a pilot signal additionally provided
per DAS user
equipment or user equipment group. Hereinafter, in the embodiment of the
present
invention, the midamble specified per user equipment or user equipment group,
which
supports the DAS, will be referred to as a 'local midamble'.
[105] The global midamble is transmitted to all the user equipments located
in the
DAS cell, whereas the local midamble is configured to be divided per specific
user
equipment or user equipment group. Accordingly, the local midamble has higher
pilot
density per antenna than that of the global midamble.
[106] FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating another example of a procedure of
signal
transmission between a base station and a user equipment in a DAS according to
one
embodiment of the present invention. The user equipment shown in FIG. 6 may be
a user
equipment or a user equipment group that supports a DAS.
[107] Referring to FIG. 6, the base station selects effective antenna(s)
per user
equipment or user equipment group located in a DAS cell (S601). At this time,
the effective
antenna(s) may be selected on the basis of feedback information if the
feedback information
related to the effective antenna(s) is generated by the user equipment and
transmitted
through the global midamble in accordance with the embodiment of the present
invention.
Alternatively, the effective antenna(s) may be selected optionally by the base
station
through measurement of an uplink signal transmitted from each user equipment.
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[108] The base station transmits configuration information on the local
midamble
configured per user equipment or user equipment group located in the DAS cell,
to the
corresponding user equipment or user equipment group (S602). The local
midamble
specified per user equipment or user equipment group may be regarded as the
midamble
specified for effective antenna(s) specified for the corresponding user
equipment or user
equipment group. In other words, in the DAS, as the base station specifies
downlink
transmitting antenna(s) effective per user equipment or user equipment group,
it may
transmit the local midamble specified per user equipment or user equipment
group.
[109] At this time, in order to reduce interference that may occur due to
the local
midamble for another user equipment or user equipment group, configuration
information
on the local midamble may further include local midamble information for
another user
equipment or user equipment group. Since the user equipment reads its local
midamble on
the basis of the local midamble configuration information but may not read the
local
midamble corresponding to other user equipment, it may transmit various types
of local
midambles at the same resource domain.
[110] For example, if data of the first user equipment and data of the
second user
equipment are overlaid using the same time and frequency resources of
different antennas,
the first user equipment may remove interference during data reception on the
basis of the
local midamble configuration information on the second user equipment.
[111] Also, the configuration information on the local midamble may further

include the number of effective antennas and/or effective antenna index
information as the
information on the effective antenna(s) specified per user equipment or user
equipment
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[112] Afterwards, the base station transmits the local midamble based on
the local
midamble configuration information to each user equipment or user equipment
group
(S603).
[113] The user equipment or user equipment group performs channel
estimation
on the basis of the local midamble (S604), and feeds the result of channel
estimation back to
the base station (S605).
[114] According to the aforementioned embodiments of the present invention,
the
base station may configure the global midamble and the local midamble
separately for the
DAS support user equipment, and the existing CRS, CSI-RS and midamble may be
used as
the pilot signals for the legacy user equipment.
[115] FIG. 7 is a diagram illustrating an example of a structure of radio
resources,
which include a pilot signal broadcasted from a base station in a DAS
according to one
embodiment of the present invention.
[116] In FIG. 7, the radio resources include a plurality of resource areas
on a
frequency axis and a time axis, and each block means a resource unit for
transmission of the
midamble. Examples of the resource unit may include a subframe, a resource
unit having a
predetermined number of subcarriers * a predetermined number of transmission
symbols
(for example, OFDM symbols), a resource block, a subband, and a resource
element (RE)
defined by one subcarrier * one transmission symbol.
[117] In FIG. 7, the resource unit for transmission of each midamble may be

defined as one OFDM symbol, and one subframe includes 8 OFDM symbols. At this
time,
it is assumed that a DAS base station includes 12 distributed antennas in the
system that
uses the corresponding radio resource.
[118] The base station according to one embodiment of the present invention
may
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global midambles in a cell zone in accordance with the aforementioned
embodiment. At this
time, in order that channel estimation performance of the user equipment per
antenna is not
deteriorated due to density of the pilot signal, which is reduced by the
increase of the
distributed antennas, the base station may broadcast global midambles (GM 1 to
GM 6 and
GM 7 to GM 12) corresponding to six antennas on the basis of two subframes. In
other
words, GM 1 to GM 6 are transmitted through first two subframes (first frames)
on the time
domain, and next GM 7 to GM 12 are transmitted through next continuous two
subframes
(second frames).
[119] Also, the base station may configure a local midamble per user
equipment or
user equipment group and broadcast the local midamble within a transmission
period of the
global midamble.
[120] Referring to FIG. 7, it is assumed that two effective transmitting
antennas
are allocated to the user equipment 1 (UE 1), one effective transmitting
antenna is allocated
to the user equipment 3 (UE 3) and the user equipment 5 (UE 5), and four
effective
transmitting antennas are allocated to the user equipment 4 (UE 4). Each of
the user
equipments may receive the local midamble corresponding to the number of
associated
effective antennas in a resource domain. For example, the user equipment 1 may
receive
information on the local midambles of two types corresponding to the two
effective
transmitting antennas and then read the local midamble corresponding to the
user equipment
1 on the basis of the corresponding information.
1121] Although FIG. 7 illustrates that the local midamble corresponding to
each
user equipment is transmitted in different frequency and time resource
domains, if signal
strength affected between the base station antennas is weak due to the
physical distance of
the base station antennas, the base station may transmit the local midambles
for different
user equipments or user equipment groups in the same resource domain of
different
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antennas. In this case, overhead caused by the local midambles may be reduced.
For
example, the local midamble of the user equipment 3 may also be transmitted in
the RE
where the local midamble of the user equipment 2 is transmitted.
[122] As described above, according to the aforementioned embodiments, the
base
station may configure the existing midamble and global midamble or local
midamble in
accordance with antennas located in the cell. For example, a cell of a hybrid
system of the
CAS and the DAS, in which 8Tx CAs are located at the cell center and 6Tx DAs
are
additionally provided in the region other than the center, is operated as 14
Tx DAS cell. The
base station may allocate the existing pilot signal to 8 CAS antennas located
at the cell
center to support the legacy user equipment. And, global midambles and/or
local midamble
for a total of 14 antennas located in the cell may separately be configured
for the DAS
support user equipments. In this case, the legacy user equipment and the DAS
support user
equipment may respectively perform channel estimation per antenna through
their pilot
signal.
[123] Unlike the above, in order to minimize increase of pilot overhead in
the
hybrid system of the CAS and the DAS in accordance with one embodiment of the
present
invention, some of the pilot signal for the legacy user equipment may be
reused as the
global midamble or the local midamble.
[124] For example, in the system environment, in which 14Tx DAS cell is
operated using CAS based 8Tx antennas and DAS based 6Tx antennas, the base
station
according to one embodiment of the present invention allocates 8Tx pilots for
the legacy
user equipment to 8 CAS antennas. And, the base station may allocate the
global midamble
to the other 6 DAS antennas and additionally allocate the local midamble. In
other words,
instead of the global midamble for a total of 14 antennas, the global midamble
may be
configured for 6 additional antennas while the existing 8 pilot signals are
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[125] In this case, the DAS support user equipments may perform channel
estimation for 8 antennas at the cell center based on 8 pilot patterns for the
existing legacy
user equipments, and may perform channel estimation for added distributed
antennas based
on newly added 6 global midamble patterns. Meanwhile, the legacy user
equipments may
recognize the corresponding cell as a 8Tx CAS cell, and may perform channel
estimation
per antenna based on 8Tx pilots for the existing legacy user equipments.
[126] The user equipment and the base station belonging to the DAS, through

which the aforementioned embodiments of the present invention can be carried
out, will be
described with reference to FIG. 8.
[127] FIG. 8 is a block diagram illustrating a base station and a user
equipment,
through which the embodiments of the present invention can be carried out.
[128] The user equipment may be operated as a transmission apparatus on an
uplink and as a reception apparatus on a downlink. Also, the base station may
be operated
as a reception apparatus on the uplink and as a transmission apparatus on the
downlink. In
other words, each of the user equipment and the base station may include a
transmission
apparatus and a reception apparatus for transmission of information or data.
[129] The base station and the user equipment may include a processor,
modules,
parts, and/or means for implementing the embodiments of the present invention.
Especially,
the base station and the user equipment may include a module (means) for
encrypting
messages, a module for interpreting encrypted messages, an antenna for
transmitting and
receiving messages, etc.
[130] Referring to FIG. 8, the left part represents a structure of the
transmission
apparatus, i.e., the base station belonging to the DAS, and the right part
represents a
structure of the reception apparatus, i.e., the user equipment that enters a
cell supported by
the DAS base station. Each of the transmission apparatus and the reception
apparatus may
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include an antenna module 801 or 802, a Reception (Rx) module 810 or 820, a
processor
830 or 840, a Transmission (Tx) module 850 or 860, and a memory 870 or 880.
[131] The antenna module 801 or 802 includes a receiving antenna externally

receiving radio frequency (RF) signals and transferring the RF signals to the
Rx module 810
or 820 and a transmitting antenna transmitting the signals generated from the
Tx module
850 or 860 to the outside. If a Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) function
is
supported, two or more antennas may be provided.
[132] The antenna module 801 of the transmission apparatus shown in FIG. 8
represents one or more distributed antennas (DAs) selected from the entire
antennas of the
base station on the basis of the channel status during communication, the
location of the
user equipment, and the distance between the base station and the user
equipment. The
selected one or more DAs may not be fixed but be changed depending on location
change of
the reception apparatus.
[133] The Rx module 810 or 820 may perform decoding and demodulation for
the
RF signals externally received through the antenna to recover original data
and then transfer
the recovered data to the processor 830 or 840. The Rx module and the antenna
may be
incorporated into a receiving unit for receiving the RF signal unlike FIG. 8.
[134] The processor 830 or 840 generally controls the overall operation of
the
transmission apparatus or the reception apparatus. In particular, the
processor 830 or 840
may perform a controller function for implementing the aforementioned
embodiments of
the present invention, a variable Medium Access Control (MAC) frame control
function
based on service characteristics and a propagation environment, a handover
(HO) function,
an authentication and encryption function, etc.
[135] The Tx module 850 or 860 may perform predetermined coding and
modulation for data, which are scheduled from the processor 830, 840 and then
transmitted
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to the outside, and then may transfer the coded and modulated data to the
antenna. The Tx
module and the antenna may be incorporated into a transmitting unit for
transmitting the
radio signal unlike FIG. 8.
[1361 The memory 870 or 880 may store a program for processing
and control of
the processor 830 or 840, or may perform a function for temporarily storing
input/output
data (uplink (UL) grant allocated from the base station in case of the user
equipment),
system information, base station identifier (STID), flow identifier (FID), and
action time.
[137] Also, the memory 870 or 880 may include at least one type of storage
media
such as a flash memory, a hard disk, a multimedia card micro, a card-type
memory (e.g. a
=
Secure Digital (SD) or eXtreme Digital (XD) memory), a Random Access Memory
(RAM),
a Static Random Access Memory (SRAM), a Read-Only Memory (ROM), an
Electrically
Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory (EEPROM), a Programmable Read-Only
Memory (PROM), a magnetic memory, a magnetic disc, an optical disc, etc.
[138] The processor 830 of the transmission apparatus performs the whole
control
operation for the base station, and may configure the antennas of the base
station according
to one embodiment of the present invention as described in FIG. 3 into a
plurality of local
antenna groups and allocate pilot pattern sets in a unit of group. Also, the
processor 830
may configure global midambles and local midambles for the DAS support user
equipments
according to another embodiment of the present invention as described in FIG.
4 to FIG. 7
as well as general midamble that may be performed for channel estimation per
antenna by
general legacy user equipments.
[139] Also, the processor 830 may generate at least one of local antenna
group
mapping information, global midamble configuration information and local
midamble
configuration information according to the embodiments of the present
invention and
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[140] Also, the processor 830 of the transmission apparatus may include
configuration information on the DAS and control information, which includes
the number
of antennas and/or antenna index information, as information on effective
antenna or
antenna group to be used for communication with each user equipment.
[141] The reception apparatus may acquire various kinds of configuration
information on the DAS and information on antennas or antenna group to be used
for
communication with the transmission apparatus by receiving the signal and the
DAS control
information from the transmission apparatus through the Rx module 820.
[142] The processor 840 of the reception apparatus performs the whole
control
operation for the user equipment, and may perform channel estimation per
antenna by
measuring downlink signals transmitted from the transmission apparatus. Also,
the
processor 840 may include information on base station antenna based on
receiving strength
per antenna and feedback information based on channel estimation.
[143] Meanwhile, the base station may perform a control function for
performing
the aforementioned embodiments of the present invention, an orthogonal
frequency division
multiple access (OFDMA) packet scheduling, time division duplex (TDD) packet
scheduling and channel multiplexing function, a medium access control (MAC)
frame
variable control function based on service characteristics and radio wave
condition, a quick
traffic real-time control function, a handover function, an authentication and
encryption
function, a packet modulation and demodulation function for data transmission,
a quick
packet channel coding function and a real-time modem control function through
at least one
of the aforementioned modules, or may further include a separate means,
module, or part
for performing the aforementioned functions.
[144] It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that the present
invention can be
embodied in other specific forms without departing from the essential
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characteristics of the invention. Thus, the above embodiments are to be
considered in all
respects as illustrative and not restrictive. The scope of the invention
should be determined
by reasonable interpretation of the appended claims and all change which comes
within the
equivalent scope of the invention are included in the scope of the invention.
[145] The above embodiments are therefore to be construed in all aspects as

illustrative and not restrictive. The scope of the invention should be
determined by the
appended claims and their legal equivalents, not by the above description, and
all changes
coming within the meaning and equivalency range of the appended claims are
intended to
_ be embraced therein.
Industrial Applicability
[146] The embodiments of the present invention may be used for the base
station
or the user equipment, or other equipments in the wireless communication
system.
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